CNX grant to New Kensington-Arnold and Kiski Area school districts pays for needed virtual technology and equipment

CNX Resources’ grants totaling $12,200 will help two local school districts, providing one with equipment to tap free high-speed internet for students in the New Kensington-Arnold School District, where 150 homes either don’t have internet access or lack reliable service.

The CNX grants, $6,500 to New Kensington-Arnold and $5,700 to Kiski area, are part of a group of grants in the region to help school districts where students or teachers lack the technology and equipment for virtual learning during the pandemic.

CNX Resources of Canonsburg works with community foundations to pick which school districts are in the greatest need and are within areas where CNX owns well sites for natural gas extraction from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

“CNX has kept tabs on the local schools as they’ve pivoted to

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Science and tech companies can scale faster in innovation districts

Scaling is one of the biggest challenges any company faces, requiring founders and leaders to set aside their science and innovation skills, and become experts in finance, recruitment, networking and administration. Finding the right people and organisations can help bridge that knowledge – and that’s easier when you’re based in an innovation district.

Research from Bruntwood SciTech has revealed that access to talent, the NHS, universities and the public sector are key needs for science and technology businesses – along with being part of a sector-specific community. Bruntwood SciTech’s innovation districts can be found in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham – but there’s more to it than just a convenient location. Alongside a community of like-minded companies, such innovation districts bring access to business support, financial assistance and a deep-rooted understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the science and tech sector.

Help with all of those aspects is key

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When teens host parties, some school districts return to remote learning. But does the science support that?

“This isn’t just a school conversation,” he wrote. “This is a community conversation. And the bottom line is that what we don’t know about this situation absolutely CAN hurt us.”

However, the decision to close a school without any evidence of coronavirus transmission within the building appears to contradict the guidance laid out by state education officials this summer and updated on Friday. Though more than 1,100 cases among students and staff have been reported in school buildings as of Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts education leaders have repeatedly said there’s been no evidence of coronavirus transmissions happening in schools.

Baker has been hesitant to directly criticize individual communities where parties have been held, including Marblehead. Asked during a press conference Friday how he felt about schools that temporarily close after parties are held, he said “local communities need to make their own call with respect to how they

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